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Milligan ranks among Southern universities by U.S. News

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (REVISED September 18, 2002) – Milligan is again ranked among Southern colleges and universities in the latest U.S.News & World Report college rankings, released September 13. In the “universities-master’s” category, Milligan ranked in the second of four tiers in the Southern region of the U.S.

The “universities-master’s” category, as defined by the Carnegie Foundation, is a group of 573 colleges and universities that provide a full range of undergraduate and some master’s-level programs. The category is ranked within four geographic areas: North, South, Midwest, and West.

Milligan is ranked alongside schools such as Radford University, Georgia Southern University, Marshall University and Marymount University. Among the tier one universities in the southern region are James Madison, Samford, Loyola New Orleans, Belmont, Appalachian State and the University of Richmond.

“Ranking among larger universities says a lot about Milligan’s academic standing and reputation. Rankings such as this reaffirm the quality of our academic programs and the mission of our institution,” said Milligan President Donald R. Jeanes, who pointed out that the college is mission-driven, not rankings-driven.

The U.S. News categories are based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education released in late 2000 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Carnegie’s is the most widely accepted system for classifying American colleges and universities. It is used by governments and foundations when making funding decisions and is favored by researchers who study trends in higher education.

The indicators used by U.S.News to rank colleges and universities are based on seven categories: peer assessment, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance, and alumni giving. The indicators include input measures that reflect a school’s student body, its faculty, and its financial resources, and outcome measures that signal how well the institution does its job of educating students.

The complete rankings are available at www.usnews.com and will be published in the book, America’s Best Colleges, available Sept. 16. Many of the rankings and some of the articles from the book will appear in the Sept. 23 issue of U.S.News & World Report.

Milligan is a private Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee, nationally recognized for academic excellence. Consistently named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report, Milligan’s vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to Christian leadership. For more information, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.


MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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